annie costello brown
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One might say Annie Costello Brown, the incomprehensibly cool L.A.-based mastermind behind the accessories line ACB, was destined to go into design. Growing up on a houseboat in Sausalito in the seventies, Annie was surrounded by artists, musicians, and craftspeople right from the start. “My first job was working for a jewelry designer at 15. It was an after-school, stringing-beads job,” she says.
She tried to escape the world of chains, charms, and clasps by enrolling at the San Francisco Art Institute for painting, but that first medium just kept calling her back—as she says, “I feel like jewelry just happened. It kind of chose me, I think.” So in 2006, she embraced it, launching her business driven by handmade pieces that combine leather, bronze, natural shell, and semi-precious stones in a way that’s “not über-feminine or necessarily sexy.”
Her seafaring and art-school days still shine through in her work—she cites female abstract impressionist painters and sculptors like Louise Nevelson as recent influences. “It’s weird—as I’ve gotten older, I’ve really honed in on loving only female artists,” Annie notes. And lately, her home life has been a big factor, too, thanks to Dion, her three-year-old son. “I don’t sleep, I drink way too much green tea, and I’m a spaz,” she explains. “I try to make something for every mood—I’m very moody that way myself.” —alisha prakash